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Estonian folk costume stripes on Australian Aboriginal art

What do the world’s oldest continually living cultures, i.e. those of the Australian indigenous people and Estonians, have in common? At first glance not much, but at a closer look at their respective cultural history, we can surprisingly find many similarities. Although the recorded Aboriginal history traces back at least 50,000 years and the Estonian one …

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Tuhala Witch’s Well and ancient Estonian mythology

Tuhala Witches’ Well, located at the 3,000 years old settlement, represents an ancient Estonian folk tale. Estonia has experienced a variety of belief systems over the centuries, from Catholicism to Lutheranism to Russian Orthodoxy and Soviet atheism. Twenty two years after regaining independence from the Soviet Union, Estonia is one …

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International jazz festival Jazzkaar returns to Tallinn (video)

International jazz festival Jazzkaar returned to Tallinn over the weekend and continues until 28th April at the specially built unique Marina Pavilion by the sea at the Port of Tallinn grounds. It’s twenty fourth time for the festival and it is again attracting many international talents. The main performers are …

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Club Radio Free Europe – bringing music from Estonia (and beyond) to London (video)

Chris Glew talks to British music journalist Andrew Childs about his latest venture – featuring Estonian bands Kreatiivmootor and Elephants from Neptune. Foyles Jazz Cafe in central London seems an appropriate place in which to discuss music. My interlocutor is Andrew Childs, a music journalist whose latest project – Club …

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Greip – delivering Estonian folk music in a contemporary way (video)

Greip is a vocal ensemble from Pärnu. They came together in 2006 and have grown to become one of the freshest acts on Estonian music scene. Their first music video “Vihma Loits” (Rain Spell – K.L.) will probably have half a million views on Youtube by the time you’re reading …

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Zebra Island releases their debut album Saturnine (video)

Estonian band Zebra Island has just released their debut album Saturnine. The band has a short, but colourful history. Zebra Island was formed in the autumn of 2011, when producer and multi-instrumentalist Rasmus Lill joined forces with vocalist Helina Risti. Lauri Raus on guitars, Caspar Salo on drums and Martti …

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Tallinn Music Week helps Estonia to punch above its weight again (video)

Tallinn Music Week is a 3-day music industry conference and one of the biggest indoor festivals in the Baltic region that started out in 2009. The mission of the festival, taking place for the fifth time this year, is to raise the reputation of Estonian music, to enhance the international …

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Learning Estonian made easy via online course

Learning the basics of the Estonian language is not considered easy for speakers of Indo-European languages, but a free, online course is offering an easy start and has already attracted thousands of sign-ups. Keeleklikk, which translates to “Language Click,” incorporates work by professional actors and writers, and uses animation and …

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Otepää – home to the annual European Sauna Marathon

Otepää, Estonia. Winter is a busy time here for sports as competitors come to this usually sleepy town on Estonia’s southern tip. Sometimes, the scene is exactly what you would expect, like 8,500 bundled-up skiers sliding through town on a cross-country ski trek one weekend last month. Other times, though, …

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